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Future activities will include community service work and field trips to local sporting events, roller skating, bowling and Kings Island, said Sanders.
He hopes to have 50 boys join “Men Of Destiny” in the coming years.
“We are showing these boys that to grow your community, you have to be a productive citizen,” said Sanders. “We have to nurture these young men.”
“Our young boys go through so much in these days and time with what they are exposed to and we want to make sure we have something authentic to offer them,” he said.
Fourth-grader Joshua Diercks enjoys the time the club allows him to spend with positive male role models, plus, he said, it’s just fun.
“I like that you get to do things after school and it helps you to know what you need to do when you grow up and how you need to act,” said Diercks. “Stuff that will help us do better when we grow up.”
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Diercks’ mother Christy loves the program.
“This year, it has made a huge difference for him. The big thing is he gets to follow some male role models through the school and a chance to work with other kids,” she said.
Gina Gentry-Fletcher, spokeswoman for Fairfield Schools, said other districts are watching the Central program to see how they might duplicate it for their schools.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our young men to have role models and be motivated to want to do better and relationship better, which is a key component to a lot of students’ success,” said Gentry-Fletcher.
Sanders said he is seeking help from local businesses to help sponsor some of the club’s activities. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org